7 of the best places to visit in April 2019

From affordable beach holidays to fun-filled minibreaks, here’s where to holiday in April…

1. South Africa

Best April holiday for: An adventurous break

In April, South Africa is ripe for exploring: the weather is sunny but not too hot, and it’s a great time of year for safaris and road trips.

You could spot lions and zebras on safari; look out over Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain; tour the vineyards of the famous Stellenbosch and Franschhoek winelands; explore the Cape of Good Hope; meet the penguins of Boulders Bay and the fur seals of Dyer Island – and lots more!

2. Japan cherry blossom

Best April holiday for: Seeing the world-famous cherry blossom

Spring blossom isn’t just a pretty sight in Japan – it’s a national obsession. Every April, the entire country ventures outside to see the pink and white blooms – a symbol of new life – with picnics, parties, and festivals.

Want to see Japan’s cherry blossom for yourself? Join our Ultimate Tour of Japanese Cherry Blossom – a spectacular 12-day holiday which transports you to all the best blossom spots, plus plenty of time to enjoy Tokyo, Mount Fuji, a traditional tea ceremony, a trip on the Bullet Train – and much more… See the details

3. Crete, Greece

Best April holiday for: Early spring sunshine

Migrate south to Crete this month for your best chance of finding sunshine in Europe. Rain is rare this month, and temperatures can reach low twenties – which is definitely warm enough for a day at the beach.

There’s always a bargain to be had this early in the year, but beware the Easter holiday price hikes if you’re not travelling with kids.

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4. Panama

Best April holiday for: Beach hopping and rainforest adventures

After its long hot dry season, Panama springs to life in April. Yes, this month brings some rain, but usually only for a couple of hours in the afternoon – so there’s plenty of time to sunbathe on its white sand beaches, snorkel on colourful reefs, and explore the spectacular rainforests.

Don’t miss the coffee plantations and orchid gardens of Panama’s highland towns, too. Temperatures are cooler up here in the mountains, so you’ll have plenty of energy to try horse riding, hiking and wild swimming.

5. Paris, France

Best April holiday for: A romantic getaway

Yes, it’s a cliche, but Paris in springtime really is rather romantic. It’s cool enough to snuggle up with chocolat chaud in cosy cafes; the city’s parks are blooming with flowers; and the summer crowds are yet to arrive – so the queue for the Louvre won’t be too daunting.

The views over the city from Basilica du Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre will take your breath away – if climbing up the 300 steps to the church hasn’t already. Reward yourself with crepes and vin rouge aplenty.

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6. Egypt

Best April holiday for: Family fun in the sun

Where to holiday in April for guaranteed spring sunshine? You can’t go wrong with Egypt: the days are long and sunny (25C, with no chance of rain), and there are some real bargains to be had.

Reputable tour operators such as Thomas Cook and Tui offer plenty of all-inclusive options that won’t break the bank. We’ve spotted a week all-inclusive in a top-rated family resort in Hurghada from just £426 per person – including flights from Gatwick.

7. Rome, Italy

Best April holiday for: Easter celebrations

Nowhere celebrates Easter Weekend quite like Rome. The city’s parades, ceremonies and festivities are always spectacular, even if you’re not religious – and the atmosphere is always buzzing.

Of course, one of Rome’s greatest Easter experiences is its incredible traditional food. This is the time to feast on roast lamb, marzipan pastries and – of course – chocolate eggs by the dozen. Follow the locals’ example and pack a picnic, then head out to watch the processions.

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